I have browsed the internet Power Rankings for The WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the one guy who is like Rodney Dangerfield and getting no respect is FedEx Cup points leader, Jimmy Walker. There is more love out there for Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Ian Poulter than the 35 year-old winner of three tournaments in the 2013-2014 season.
I realize that winning early in the season, and on the West Coast Swing doesn’t garner much attention, but come on folks, if TigerWoods had won three trophies at this point in the season, there would be a firestorm of attention. The only win that was a quality win was his victory at Pebble Beach. The Sony Open and Frys.com won’t get you a lot of attention.
I was disappointed that the three-time-winner wasn’t in the field last week at The Honda Classic but I know he has played a ton of golf already this year, and needed a break. It will be good to see how he fares against a tough field at a quality golf course.
With a 625 point lead over 2nd place Dustin Johnson, the kid from Oklahoma has put $3.785 Million Dollars in his bank account in 2014, and is currently ranked 25th in the world. A testament to the quality of events he has played in.
Jimmy Walker has had terrible luck at the majors in his career, and everyone knows that if you want to climb the rankings, you need good finishes in the majors, and good finishes after the tour moves to Florida. This may be the big reason he is getting little respect.
He will need to continue his good year with some decent finishes against the type of field we are seeing this week, and make some noise in the majors if he wants some respect. He has missed four cuts in six major appearances that go back to 2001. He finished the 2001 US Open T 51, and thr 2012 PGA Championship T 21.
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